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Caring for Washington’s older adults in the COVID-19 pandemic: Interviews with organization leaders about the state of social and healthcare services.

Project statusComplete
Contact Clara Berridge
Institution web pagehttp://hdl.handle.net/1773/46272
Host institution University of Washington, Seattle
Team members Berridge, C., Parsey, C.M., Ramirez, M., Freitag, C., Johnson, I.M., Allard, S.W.
Funding information (if funded) This study was funded by the University of Washington Population Health Initiative’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Research Grant, along with matching funds from the University of Washington School of Public Health, School of Social Work, and School of Medicine, Department of Neurology.
Project Summary

An interdisciplinary team of aging researchers at the University of Washington released a new report, “Caring for Washington’s older adults in the COVID-19 pandemic: Interviews with organization leaders about the state of social and healthcare services.”

Drawing on interviews with 45 senior leaders of social services and health care organizations serving older adults, this report identifies current challenges confronting service delivery and client care, as well as those that will persist to shape future strategy and planning. Organization senior leaders are most concerned about people living with dementia, those with low-incomes, those who are living alone or unhoused, Latinx immigrant and migrant older adults, people with limited English proficiency, and tribal elders. Several key findings and themes emerge relevant to policy and practice. Themes discussed include:

-intensified social isolation and the digital divide

-creative and promising adaptations

-observed negative health impacts

-staffing reductions and shortages

-urgent fiscal shortfalls and organizational needs

Read the press release

Outputs / Expected Outputs

Public report: Berridge, C., Parsey, C.M., Ramirez, M., Freitag, C., Johnson, I.M., Allard, S.W. (October, 12, 2020). Caring for Washington’s older adults in the COVID-19 pandemic: Interviews with organization leaders about the state of social and healthcare services.

Project website http://hdl.handle.net/1773/46272
Supporting File 1 CARING-FOR-WASHINGTONS-OLDER-ADULTS-IN-THE-COVID-19-PANDEMIC.pdf

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Caring for Washington’s older adults in the COVID-19 pandemic: Interviews with organization leaders about the state of social and healthcare services.